I found myself pretty turned off, reading this well-reported article, called "The Song Machine," about the "creative process" involved in making pop hits. Of course, this isn't the process for ALL pop hits; there is such thing as a pop artist who deserves respect. But for a good many of them, it goes this way:
I found the whole process to be cynical and brainless. I don't think that everyone who creates a song necessarily has to be musically literate (ie., to read music, be competent in playing an instrument, to sing on pitch) BUT...the way the process has been sliced and diced, down to just picking lyrics at random from a cell phone....
These songs that get so much air play. The words and the "hooks" wind up circulating in everyone's brains, and the lyrics come from ...snippets on a cell phone? Billboards? And the music consists of all machine-made sounds, nothing acoustic, with all vocals auto-tuned. No wonder they tend to make no sense at all, no wonder they have that empty feel.
What are your thoughts?
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